Catechetical Workshop

Essentials of Belief: Exploring the Creed, Chicago

September 23, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Chicago (National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville)
Libertyville, IL • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of Chicago for Catholic school teachers, DRE's and catechists focusing on the Creed. Explore the 12 articles of the Creed and how you can help your students come to understand the most fundamental convictions we have about God, the world, and humanity. You’ll also spend time reflecting on key Catholic doctrines such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the Church, the four last things, and more.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected Catholic speaker, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussion.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

The Articles of Faith: Signposts to the Ineffable Mystery of Divine Love
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.


The Virtue of Faith: What It Means to Profess the Ancient Creed in a Modern Age
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.

The Trinity: Understanding the Central Mystery of the Christian Faith
Spend time reflecting on sacred art and engaging in other hands-on activities to help your students come to a deeper appreciation of the great mystery of the Trinity.

True God and True Man Part 1
Spend time reflecting on the Incarnation and the fulfillment of the Father's love for us.

Break/Transition to Mass

Holy Mass


True God and True Man Part 2
The conclusion to the activities and reflection started before Mass.

The Bride of Christ: Understanding the Mystery of the Church
Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help your students reflect on the mystery of the Church.

Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.

Spriritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.

Practical Application

Practical Application

A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.



Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has led over 300 of our Workshops in over 50 dioceses, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.


Matthew is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College. He is also the author of Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas. His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical hermeneutics and inspiration, ecumenism and interreligious affairs, and theology of religions. Matthew is involved in pastoral Christian ministry through forming permanent-diaconate candidates, Catholic school teachers, and lay parishioners. He organizes international education trips and has taught abroad in India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. His wife, Jennifer, is an adjunct theology professor at Benedictine. They live in Atchison, Kansas, with their four children.


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